MLB ratifies new posting agreement; Shohei Ohtani posted effective today

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Major League Baseball just announced that its clubs have ratified the new posting agreement which will govern player transfers between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) beginning November 1, 2018. MLB simultaneously approved a temporary extension of the previous posting agreement between MLB and the NPB for the next year.

That previous agreement governs the posting of Shohei Ohtani, which also happened today. This creates a window for Ohtani to negotiate with MLB teams that will expire at midnight on December 22. One other player — right-handed pitcher Kazuhisa Makita of the Saitama Seibu Lions — will be posted by the end of December, it was announced. Makita, 33, is a submarine-style pitching reliever who has a 1.91 ERA and 78/21 K/BB ratio over 141.1 innings over the last two seasons for Seibu.

Whichever team can agree to a contract with Ohtani will pay Ohtani’s old team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, $20 million.

The new agreement, which goes into effect next year, will work like this:

  • For Major League contracts with a total guaranteed value of $25 million or less, the posting fee will be 20% of the total guaranteed value of the contract;
  • For Major League contracts with a total guaranteed value between $25,000,001 and $50 million, the posting fee will be: (i) 20% of the first $25 million of total guaranteed value (i.e., $5 million) plus (ii) 17.5% of the total guaranteed value exceeding $25 million;
  • For Major League contracts with a total guaranteed value of $50,000,001 or more, the posting fee will be: (i) 20% of the first $25 million of total guaranteed value (i.e., $5 million) plus (ii) 17.5% of the total guaranteed value between $25,000,001 and $50 million (i.e., $4,375,000) plus (iii) 15% of the total guaranteed value exceeding $50 million;
  • For Minor League contracts, the posting fee will be a flat 25% of the signing bonus;
  • The annual window during which NPB players can be posted will be shortened to November 1st through December 5th.

Ohtani, of course, will be limited to how much he can be paid because he is a foreign free agent under the age of 25 and is thus subject to the international pool caps provided for under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.